Nothing Ordinary about Sir George and Villa Maria Estate Wines
It may not be summer in New Zealand , but we’re giving a big summertime salute to Sir George Fistonich of Villa Maria Estate! The wines of Villa Maria Estates are helping us thru a roller coaster summer here in Chicago! Villa Maria is also part of the COMPLEXITY high end New Zealand Wine group.
It’s always a treat to meet the people behind the wine and in this case, it’s no ordinary person and no ordinary wine. Sir George founded Villa Maria Estate in Auckland in 1961 and has driven the wine to become an award winner, both locally and overseas!
It was in 2009 that Sir George received his greatest honour to date – a knighthood for his services to the New Zealand wine industry. One of only 85 to be knighted this year and the first ever to be acknowledged for services to the New Zealand wine industry, George confirmed his Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit by adopting the prestigious title of Sir – a reminder of his significant contribution to the industry and a history of international and national success.
In 2011 Sir George received a World Class New Zealander Award in the Manufacturing, Design & Innovation category, and was also inducted to the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame for services to the New Zealand wine industry.